Reminiscent of the odd wine-tasting and bread-making manga titles, this slice-of-life type book revolves around the staff and customers of a modest and remote second-hand bookstore. Most vignettes follow customers on a road of self-discovery triggered by a specific and eye-opening "book-of-the-week".
Whether you lol or cry at the over-the-top epiphanies, the book is an entertaining ovni - and a very informative one when it comes to manga history and variety. From international mainstream bestsellers like Dr Slump to untranslated experimental gag comics like Densenrun Desu, manga touches even the most unwilling of customers of Kingyo Used Books - a recommended read for anyone with a bit of interest in manga and book culture.
Other auteur manga titles new to the store include the gekiga-inspired by Iou Kuroda and the much praised and poignant Sexy Voice and RoboTown of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms by Fumiyo Kouno, on the subject of atomic bomb survivors, their traumas, and their will to love and live.